Third Baseman Conor Gillaspie is Acquired From Giants and it’s Sox vs. Dodgers in Cactus League Opener Tomorrow

Friday, February 22, 2013

Today’s News

Gillaspie Joins Sox

The White Sox obtained third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the Giants today for minor league pitcher Jeff Soptic. To make room for Gillaspie on the 40-man roster, Lars Anderson was designated for assignment.  Gillaspie, 25, spent the majority of the 2012 season with AAA Fresno where he batted .281 with 49 RBIs in 108 games (he played in six games for the Giants with two RBIs). He is a career .287 hitter with 37 homers, 259 RBIs and a .359 on-base percentage in five minor league seasons in the Giants organization. Here’s Gillaspie, the newest member of the White Sox.

Photo: The Chicago White Sox have acquired third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor-league right-hander Jeff Soptic. Read more: http://atmlb.com/XQSzqi

A True Sox Fan

Kevin Sullivan, former White House Communications Director and avid White Sox fan, spoke to Sox staff and players this morning about the importance of dealing with the media in a professional manner and the benefits/risks of living in a social media world.

Twice, Sullivan received jobs based on the fact that he was a White Sox fan (I exaggerate only slightly).

The first time was as a Purdue freshman when he walked into a busy Sports Information Office.

“Where you from?” the harried SID asked?

“Chicago,” Sullie answered.

“Cubs or Sox?”

“Sox,” without a moment of hesitation.

“Good, you’re the new intern.”  And with that Sullivan was welcomed into the world of newspaper clipping.

The second time was in the Oval Office.

“You’re from Chicago,” President George W. Bush noticed, reading Sullivan’s resume.

“Yes sir.  White Sox.”

And he was hired.

For a long time, Sullivan carried around a card with a famous quote from humorist and radio personality Jean Shepherd, another Sox fan of the first order: “If I was going to storm a pillbox, going to sheer, utter, certain death, and the colonel said: ‘Shepherd, pick six guys,’ I’d pick White Sox fans, because they have known death every day of their lives and it holds no terror for them.”

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Conor Gillaspie:

“He’s a left-handed bat that can play third base, maybe some first and fits in nicely on the roster which we will obviously decide more about towards the end of next month.  We see him as having a solid hit tool and an above average awareness of the strike zone.  He’s solid defensively, and gives some versatility in his ability to play third base as well as first.  It gives Robin some options potentially.

““He’s been on our list for a while now.  It became more apparent over the season.  He was obviously blocked there by (Pablo) Sandoval and some other infielder signings and acquisitions (the Giants) have made.  The last few weeks it became more apparent that there was a bigger chance to potentially get him at this time.  It was important for us to get him now and have in him camp with us for four plus weeks so we can get to know him and see how he fits.  It’s one thing to see him on video and hear scouting reports and talk to people who know him.  It’s another thing to have him in the clubhouse and see how all the pieces fit together.  We wanted to make this move sooner rather than later.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Sox open up their Cactus League season vs. the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. Chicago time). Here’s tomorrow’s lineup and the pitching schedule for the first three games:

1.       Alejandro De Aza  – CF

2.       Brent Morel – 3B

3.       Alex Rios – RF

4.       Paul Konerko – 1B

5.       Adam Dunn – DH

6.       Dayan Viciedo – LF

7.       Alexei Ramirez  – SS

8.       Tyler Flowers – C

9.       Gordon Beckham – 2B

Dylan Axelrod – RHP

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

RHP Dylan Axelrod (starter)

RHP Jeff Gray

RHP Deunte Heath

LHP David Purcey

LHP Santos Rodriguez

RHP Brian Omogrosso

RHP Zach Stewart

LHP Leyson Septimo

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

RHP Erik Johnson (starter)

LHP Scott Snodgress

RHP Jhan Marinez

LHP Daniel Moskos

RHP Jacob Petricka

RHP Ramon Troncoso

RHP Simon Castro

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

LHP Hector Santiago (starter)

RHP Addison Reed

RHP Nate Jones

LHP Donnie Veal

RHP Jesse Crain

RHP Matt Lindstrom

RHP Andre Rienzo

RHP Zach Stewart

It’s interesting to note that over the first three games the Sox will face a pitching trio that’s as good as it gets: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Dodgers over the weekend and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants on Monday.

Did You Know…

…that Jose Quintana  was one of five players born in Colombia to appear in the major leagues in 2012, joining the Angels’ Ernesto Freri, Miami’s Donovan Solano, Washington’s Jhonatan Solano and Atlanta’s Julio Teheran? Quintana is also the second Colombian to play for the Sox. Orlando Cabrera was the first.

Photo of the Day

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The Sox Brass (Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn) Reviews the Troops.

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